Liverpool lightweight Paddy Pimblett revealed he learned a friend had taken his own life ahead of his final outing at the Ultimate Fighting Championship on Saturday.
Pimblett urged the men not to suffer in silence in a heartfelt interview following his win over American Jordan Leavitt at London’s O2 Arena.
The 27-year-old defeated the Las Vegas native with a second-round submission.
Pimblett said in his post-fight interview: “I woke up at 4am on Friday morning to the news that one of my friends had killed himself at home. That was five hours before my weigh-in.
“So Ricky, boy, this is for you.
“But there is a stigma in this world that men cannot speak. Look, if you’re a man and you have a burden on your shoulders and you think the only way to solve it is to kill yourself, please talk to someone, talk to anyone.
“People would rather – I know I’d rather have my mate crying on my shoulder than go to his funeral next week.
“So please let’s get rid of this stigma and men start talking.”
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